Top 10 Best X-Men

TOP 10 BEST X-MEN

Protecting a world that fears and hates them, these are the best mutants to ever follow Xavier’s dream as X-Men.

Emma Frost

10. Emma Frost

Bad girl, good girl, who knows, but the former White Queen’s place among the X-Men has always been interesting. One of the more powerful mutants in the Marvel Universe, Emma Frost is a key player — and occasional leader — that is trying to advance Xavier’s dream, but may not be what she seams.

Rogue

9. Rogue

Villain turned hero, Rogue can’t touch another person’s skin, but she’s touched plenty of hearts over the years. From Gambit to Magneto, Rogue has been in plenty of challenging relationships while serving as a serous powerhouse for the X-Men.

Colossus

8. Colossus

The X-Men’s muscle for years, the Russian artist has also had some of the best storylines. From his romance with Kitty Pryde, to his stint as a ‘bad guy’, Piotr Rasputin has shown strength inside and out.

Professor X

7. Professor X

Without Charles Xavier, there would be no X-Men. He’s more than the founder of the team though, he’s the most powerful telepath on the planet. A member of Marvel’s Illuminati, Xavier has defined the dream that all X-Men must aspire to.

Deadpool

6. Deadpool

The ‘Merc With A Mouth’ may have never technically been an X-Man (the X-Force squad was more up his alley), but he’s become so popular with fans not including him would have been a sin. Marvel has tried to push Wade Wilson into other corners of the Marvel Universe in recent years, but his wacky dialogue and over-the-top violent ways seem more at home with his fellow mutants (whether they want him or not).

Nightcrawler

5. Nightcrawler

One of the coolest character designs in comics, Kurt Wagner’s teleporting demon-pirate with a religious heart of gold was just the kind of crazy kick in the pants the X-Men (both the team and the comic book) needed when he joined the team in Giant-Size X-Men (1978) No. 1. The definition of an outsider, even among a group of mutants.

Gambit

4. Gambit

Smooth, handsome and better at throwing playing cards than you are, Remy LeBeau has been stealing hearts (and more, he is a member of the Thieves Guild after all) for over two decades. His on-again, off-again romance with Rogue made both characters stronger and provided some great x-storylines over the years. Bonus: Almost single-handedly brought trench coats back in the 90s.

Storm

3. Storm

A way-more capable team leader than Cyclops has ever managed to be, Ororo Munroe has brought an elegance and class to the X-Men like no other. At times vulnerable, yet still powerful and regal, Storm has been a loving mother and ambassador for mutants everywhere. Sidenote: We still love mohawk Storm the best.

Jean Grey/Phoenix

2. Jean Grey / Phoenix

Not only a founding member of the team, Jean Grey’s ‘Dark Phoenix’ storyline defined the X-Men for decades. Like most of the Marvel mutants, her story gets convoluted and confusing over time, but her romance (and future baby Cable) with Scott Summers, flirtations with Wolverine, and awesome planet-leveling powers have made her a popular and central figure in the X-Men’s mythos.

Wolverine

1. Wolverine

The X-Man literally EVERYONE knows, one could argue that Logan helped save the X-Men from cancellation back in the 70s. Part of the new wave of mutants that were ushered in with Giant-Size X-Men (1978) No. 1, Wolverine brought a new attitude to Xavier’s gang. Sure, it’s a bit obvious to rank him in the top spot, but be honest with yourself — he’s the x-character that has transcended his team and the comic, putting Marvel’s mutants on the map.

Top 10 Best Avengers

TOP 10 BEST AVENGERS

Their roster numbers are well into the hundreds, but here are our Top 10 Best Avengers of all time.

Ms. Marvel

10. Ms. Marvel

Take your pick, there have been many over the years, but we’re going to put Carol Danvers on this list just by virtue of being first to take up the name.

Beast

9. Beast

Yeah, we know the “other X-Man” that joined the team in recent years is more popular, but we went decades thinking of Hank McCoy as an Avenger first and X-Man second.

Wonder Man

8. Wonder Man

Lame name, kinda lame origin, super-lame costumes … Nonetheless, he’s been at the center of some of the more interesting (and memorable) Avengers stories over the years.

Scarlet Witch

7. Scarlet Witch

Before she found her place in Marvel’s mutant universe by whispering “no more mutants”, Scarlet Witch was a key and central figure in the Avengers. Her romantic triangles with Wonder Man and Vision fueled storylines for decades.

Yellowjacket/Giant-Man/Ant-Man (Henry Pym)

6. Yellowjacket/Giant-Man/Ant-Man (Henry Pym)

Three heroes in one! Along with Beast and Iron Man, one of the central “thinkers” on the Avenger’s roster. Also one of the biggest a-holes. Remember that time he beat then-wife Wasp? A tragic and controversial character, but one that has been present in some form or another for the majority of the team’s history.

Vision

5. Vision

Smart, odd and once married (!) to Scarlet Witch, Vision has been the team leader a few times over the years. His place in the Ultron/Henry Pym battles has been key.

Robin (Jason Todd)

4. Hawkeye

Once trusted with a West Coast team of Avengers, Hawkeye gets a lot done with very little in terms of powers (he has none). Of the hundreds of heroes to have membership, Clint Barton is the one every kid actually felt like he had a chance of being.

Thor

3. Thor

A charter member, Thor has called the Avengers family for decades. His banter and camaraderie with his Avengers teammates has made the God of Thunder almost human over the years.

Iron Man

2. Iron Man

The brains — and the money — behind the whole operation. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes couldn’t claim that title without him.

Captain America

1. Captain America

The ultimate leader for the ultimate team. There have been times when he wasn’t on the active roster, but it doesn’t really feel like The Avengers without him does it?

Top 10 Superhero Deaths In Comics

TOP 10 SUPERHERO DEATHS IN COMICS

The Top 10 most memorable deaths in comics.

The Flash (Barry Allen)

10. The Flash (Barry Allen) (Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985) No. 8)

Barry Allen went out like all great heroes should — sacrificing himself to save the world. In 1985’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths”, Allen stops the Anti-Monitor’s plan to destroy the Earth with an anti-matter cannon, ‘killing’ himself in the process. He would return 23 years later, and there is some debate as to whether he died at all, but given DC Comics was offing heroes left and right during “Crisis” (Supergirl had died in the previous issue), this was one of the sadder moments of our comic book-reading childhood.

Elektra

9. Elektra (Daredevil (1968) No. 181)

In 1982’s Daredevil (1968) No. 181, Frank Miller offed Elektra in a battle against Bullseye. Through some mumbo-jumbo ninja mystical stuff she returned later (don’t they all?), but her death became a landmark moment in Matt Murock’s life.

Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell)

8. Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell) (Marvel Graphic Novel (1982) No. 1)

The alien Skree Empire’s greatest warrior, Mar-Vell, contracted it after being exposed to “Compound 13” nerve gas. His nega-bands kept the cancer at bay mostly, but also caused him to resist all known forms of treatment. As Mar-Vell faces his final moments, Thanos and Death appear to guide him into the afterlife. Cancer sucks.

The Comedian

7. The Comedian (Watchmen (1986) No. 1)

As the starting point for Alan Moore’s masterpiece The Watchmen, the mystery of who killed The Comedian is the rare case where the character dies before we really even get to know him. As Rorschach would say. “hrm”.

Supergirl

6. Supergirl (Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985) No. 7)

Easily one of the most iconic and duplicated covers on this list, Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985) No. 7 ended Kara Zor-El’s life as Supergirl. Her popularity naturally lead to her resurrection years later, but in 1985 seeing Superman holding his dead cousin’s body on the cover of an event comic was shocking.

Bucky

5. Bucky (The Avengers (1963) No. 56)

Sure, Captain America’s WWII sidekick lived through this and went on to become the ass-kicker known as Winter Solider, but we’re not talking about that version. In 1968, when the fate of Bucky Barnes was revealed in The Avengers (1963) No. 56, the impact was so profound, it was a major motivator for Cap that lasted nearly four decades.

Robin (Jason Todd)

4. Robin (Jason Todd) (Batman (1940) No. 428)

The second person to take on the Robin mantle, Jason Todd was also the first to die. In 1988, during the “Death in the Family” storyline, DC Comics allowed readers to call a phone number to vote on whether Drake would live or die at the hands of The Joker. It was close, but death won 5,343 to 5,271 (allegedly due to some poll tampering by a single person using a computer to call the death number). The character would later return as the Red Hood, but this Robin’s death greatly effected Batman and his handling of future sidekicks.

Spider-Man

3. Spider-Man (The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) No. 698)

Technically, it was Doctor Octopus that died, but it was Peter Parker we all lost. Writer Dan Slott slipped Doc Ock’s mind into Peter’s body and things got kinda weird for over a year as the “Superior Spider-Man” took the Wall-Crawler in a decidedly darker direction. So was Peter dead? Alive? A spirit? A ghost? We’re still not sure, but either way it’s good to have the original back.

Superman

2. Superman (Superman (1987) No. 75)

DC Comics kill THE biggest superhero in the world? Like most on this list, the answer was “kinda” but that didn’t stop the masses from snatching up multiple copies of Superman (1987) No. 75 with its now iconic black bagged, bleeding ’S’ cover. The storyline ended up giving us several lasting characters, including Steel and Doomsday.

Jean Grey/Phoenix

1. Jean Grey/Phoenix (The Uncanny X-Men (1978) No. 136)

She destroyed a whole race of aliens, so she really did have to go, but that didn’t make Jean Grey’s suicidal sacrifice any less heartbreaking or tragic. “The Phoenix Saga” ran for almost ten issues in 1980 and changed the X-Men forever. Jean Grey and the Phoenix Force that possessed her have returned several times since, but her original death remains one of the most well-known and referenced storylines in comics.

Top 10 Best Comic Book Battles

TOP 10 COMIC BOOK BATTLES

Countdown the Top 10 best fights, throw-downs, and battles in comic book history.

Thing vs. Hulk

10. Thing vs. Hulk (Fantastic Four (1961) No. 25)

Back when characters crossing over to other titles didn’t happen on a regular basis, Marvel gave fans a doozie of a clash when they put the Fantastic Four’s ever lovin’ blue-eyed Thing against the green goliath, Hulk. Usually ending in a ‘draw’, we all know who the real winner here was, and it wasn’t the king of Yancy Street.

Superman vs. Doomsday

9. Superman vs. Doomsday (Superman (1987) No. 75)

The big blue Boy Scout finally met his equal (and then some) in a battle that ‘killed’ one of the world’s most popular characters. Superman gave his all trying to stop a rampaging Doomsday, and failed. We’d never look at the Man of Steel the same way again.

Spider-Man vs. Morlun

8. Spider-Man vs. Morlun (The Amazing Spider-Man (1999) No. 30)

Spider-Man has one of the deepest rogue’s galleries in all of comics. Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Venom, Carnage, Kraven … But it was a lesser-known villain that took Spidey to the edge. In one of the most brutal, epic fights ever, Morlun was every bit Spider-Man’s equal. It was a fight that had readers feeling every punch.

Sentry vs. Ares and Thor

7. Sentry vs. Ares and Thor (Siege (2010) No. 4)

Arguably the most powerful character in the Marvel Universe, Sentry finally went full blown nuts during Siege, ripping Ares in half. Although the God of War was no match for him, the God of Thunder was. Thor ended Sentry’s madness when no one else could.

Invincible vs. Omni-Man

6. Invincible vs. Omni-Man (Invincible (2003) No. 12)

Bloody and personal, Image Comics’ Invincible was faced with learning that his father wasn’t who he thought he was and tried to stop him in a fight that spanned multiple issues. Physically and mentally Invincible took a beating that set the tone of the series for years.

Avengers vs. JLA

5. Avengers vs. JLA (Avengers / JLA (2003))

In what should have been a fight for the ages, this DC vs. Marvel throw down was decades in the making, but ultimately failed to deliver … at least in the storytelling department. George Perez’s art? Another story altogether. This fight makes the list on the strength of seeing some once in a lifetime match-ups drawn by a master of the medium.

Electra vs. Bullseye

4. Elektra vs. Bullseye (Daredevil (1964) No. 181)

In one of the most brutal, bloody battles ever, ninja assassin Elektra fell to Daredevil’s arch nemesis Bullseye. On paper, maybe an equal fight. As told by Frank Miller? Bullseye solidified his status as one of the most vicious killers and villains in the Marvel Universe.

Batman vs. Superman

3. Batman vs. Superman (The Dark Knight Returns (1986) No. 4)

Frank Miller knows how to stage a great fight. One of the most classic and influential stories on this list, The Dark Knight Returns also features one of its single greatest battles. An aging Batman squares off against the DC Universe’s most powerful hero, Superman. A mismatch, right? Think again.

Wolverine vs. Sabertooth

2. Wolverine vs. Sabertooth (The Uncanny X-Men (1978) No. 212)

Old friends? Old enemies? Father and son? Who knows anymore, but one thing is certain — every time Wolverine faced off against Sabertooth the claws were coming out. Savage, and usually to the (edge of) death, these mutants have the longest running feud in comic book history.

Civil War

1. Civil War (Civil War (2006))

Hero versus hero in an idealogical battle that cost both sides heavily, Marvel’s best ‘event series’ also featured some of its best all-out battles, cumulating in a Captain America against Iron Man showdown that didn’t end the way anyone would have thought. The battles that took place during Civil War drew lines and changes the landscape — in a real way — of the Marvel Universe for years. Whose side were you on?

Top 10 Best Comic Books Based On Toys

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BASED ON TOYS

Toys, board games, video games and more … The best translations so far.

M.A.S.K.

10. M.A.S.K.

The original mini-comics came with the toys themselves in 1985 before DC Comics picked up the rights with a four-issue miniseries that Christmas, and then a regular series that lasted nine issues. Not surprisingly, the toys only outlasted the comic by a year.

Dungeons and Dragons

9. Dungeons and Dragons

After DC Comics “Advanced Dungeons and Dragons” series in the late 80s, IDW Publishing’s series was based on the 4th Edition of the role-playing game by TSR. Dungeons & Dragons ran two years (2010-2012) before going on ‘indefinite hiatus’ (codeword for Magic: The Gathering has taken over). A few mini-series have popped up since, but D&D’s best days may be behind it.

Masters of the Universe

8. Masters of the Universe

Mattel’s big action figure line enjoyed film and cartoon status back in the 80’s, but nostalgia has fueled several titles (and publishers) to return to Eternia for more adventures with He-Man and Skeletor since. Marvel, Image, and DC Comics have all had runs with Prince Adam and his alter ego, even teaming them up with Superman on several occasions to do battle for Castle Grayskull.

Sonic The Hedgehog

7. Sonic The Hedgehog

One of the longer running titles on this list, Sonic The Hedgehog was a 1991 video game created by Sega. Archie Comics (!) picked up the publishing license and twenty years later, Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic X and Sonic Universe are still being published.

My Little Pony

6. My Little Pony

Hasbro’s plastic pony toys from the early 80s have soared back to popularity in recent years. Multiple comic book series from IDW Publishing have kept Bronies happy with tails (‘tails’, get it?) for friendship and magic.

Tomb Raider

5. Tomb Raider

Since the original release the Playstation video game by Core Design and Eidos Interactive in 1996, the adventures of Laura Croft have been translated into over nine games, two feature films (starring Angelina Jolie), an amusement park ride, and several comic book titles by Image and Dark Horse Comics.

Magic: The Gathering

4. Magic: The Gathering

First published by Wizards of the Coast in 1993, “MTG” has become the world’s premiere trading card game with over twelve million players worldwide. Dark Horse Comics took a crack at publishing comics based on the game in the late 90s before Hasbro and IDW Publishing teamed-up to create the first of many limited series in September 2011. The comic books fill in background stories for the characters featured on the playing cards while the world waits for an inevitable feature film adaptation.

Halo

3. Halo

Microsoft’s console launcher for the original Xbox, Bungie Studio’s Halo is one of the best selling video game series of all time. The first person shooter centers on the experiences of Master Chief John-117, one of a supergroup of Spartans fighting against an alien race known as the Covenant. Several attempts to bring Halo to the big (and small) screen have come and gone, but Marvel has been publishing limited series based on the universe since 2007.

Transformers

2. Transformers

Hasbro’s “robots in disguise” toy line debuted in 1984. Thirty years later, it’s more popular than ever thanks to big-budget movies, cartoon series and even more toys. Marvel Comics published the first comic book adaptation, with an intended four-issue limited series that was expanded to 80 issues. In the early 2000s, Dreamwave Productions published two limited series before going bankrupt. IDW Publishing then picked picked up the rights and have been releasing multiple Transformers comics every month since.

G.I. Joe

1. G.I. Joe

Based on Hasbro’s relaunched action forces doll line from the 1960s, G.I. Joe became “a real American hero” in 1982 with all new characters and adventures, complete with vehicles, playlets and a supporting cartoon series. Duke, Snake-Eyes and Scarlett’s battle against Cobra Commander, Storm Shadow and Destro were chronicled in comic book form by Marvel Comics (and mastermind Larry Hama, who still writes for the series) for 155 issues between 1982 and 1994. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero also featured the first television commercial used to specifically promote a comic book. After a brief hiatus the Joes returned in a series by Devil’s Due Publishing (2001-2008), and again in several titles by IDW Publishing.